\ ˈfri-skē How to pronounce frisky (audio) \
friskier; friskiest

Definition of frisky

: inclined to frisk : playful frisky puppies also : lively a frisky performance

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Other Words from frisky

friskily \ ˈfri-​skə-​lē How to pronounce friskily (audio) \ adverb
friskiness \ ˈfri-​skē-​nəs How to pronounce friskiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of frisky in a Sentence

The kids were frisky after all that candy. a frisky kid who keeps the class in stitches with his jokes

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Unfortunately, the Huskies have to face a frisky Hawaii team a week after a massive letdown. C.j. Doon,, "Can Maryland and Penn State preserve their ranked matchup? Most intriguing college football questions for Week 3," 13 Sep. 2019 Progressive is known for its innovative ads featuring Flo, the frisky, headband-and-apron wearing character who has become a brand icon. Tom Withers,, "Home turf: Baker Mayfield to star in ads living in stadium," 28 Aug. 2019 The Sh-Booms, the frisky soul band high on the list of reasons to reconsider Orlando, are the headliners on Saturday night when West Palm Beach nightspot Voltaire celebrates its second anniversary. Ben Crandell,, "Weekend preview: Honest Liars, Canes and Gators, silent hip-hop in Oakland Park," 22 Aug. 2019 But a frisky track with a rockabilly backbeat and droll, squiggly pedal-steel fills are her best chance at getting away with it. New York Times, "The Playlist: Justin Bieber Boosts a Friend, and 14 More New Songs," 6 Apr. 2018 As the roughneck in love with Harry's frisky daughter, Ben Affleck flexes resolute muscle with his heady performance. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Armageddon': THR's 1998 Review," 1 July 2019 From the moment the frisky 3-year-old hopped from the gate, ejecting Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, craziness ensued . David Ginsburg, The Seattle Times, "Horsing around: Riderless colt races to Preakness finish," 19 May 2019 Looking a little friskier the last couple weeks. 26. Utah Jazz (19–28) The Jazz look very much like a team relying on a rookie to carry the offensive load. Rohan Nadkarni,, "NBA Power Rankings: Cavs Plummet as Rumors Swirl," 23 Jan. 2018 Sapiosexuality is all about being attracted to intelligence, so if your fantasies include doing a crossword with bae or discussing that day's english class lecture before getting frisky, the label may pertain to you. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Sapiosexuality?," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of frisky

circa 1500, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of frisky

: very playful or lively
informal : sexually playful or excited


\ ˈfris-kē How to pronounce frisky (audio) \
friskier; friskiest

Kids Definition of frisky

: playful sense 1, lively frisky kittens

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